Melanie Nathan

Melanie Nathan is an activist for equality and a human rights advocate who writes and speaks about ending prejudice and discrimination against sexuality minorities. Melanie was born South Africa, where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era. She now has an advocacy and conflict resolution practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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Queerty prematurely announces ‘disappointing’ U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DOMA

Monday, June 10, 2013
In an overzealous attempt to break the news before anyone else, popular LGBT blog jumped the gun early Monday morning by publishing an article announcing that the U.S. Supreme Court had declined to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Noxolo Nogwaza

Still no justice for murdered South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the brutal death of Noxolo Nogwaza, a South African lesbian and LGBT rights activist. In 2011, 24-year-old Noxolo, organizer of the Ekurhuleni Pride Committee, was murdered in South Africa, while on her way home from a night out with friends. Her attackers raped, repeatedly beat and stabbed her, apparently because of her sexual orientation, before dumping her body in a drainage ditch. Two years after her death, no progress has been made into the investigation of her murder... [ Read more → ]
Sally Miller Gearhart (left) with Melanie Nathan.

When Harvey met Sally…

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Had Harvey Milk lived he might have been the one to set the benchmark for full equality, something our LGBT movement has yet to do. Harvey did not survive and never had the opportunity, yet his legacy has provided inspiration to so many. What remains often untold and so profoundly significant is Harvey’s absolute insistence on the imperative of full inclusion within the gay movement itself... [ Read more → ]

David Kato remembered: A hero then, and a hero now

Saturday, January 26, 2013
David Kato advocated for the freedom of LGBTI Ugandans and for their right to their natural born sexual orientation in a heightened climate of hostility and homophobia ... Today on this second anniversary of the death of Kato, his friends, comrades, human rights defenders, and LGBTI people around the world are expressing their love, comforting each other and extolling the virtues of this great hero, with comments, memories and prayer for the peace of his dearly departed soul. [ Read more → ]
Activists gather outside Massachusetts courthouse Monday in support of gay Ugandans.Photo: © Joe Oliverio.

Federal judge considers dismissal of suit against anti-gay pastor Scott Lively

Monday, January 7, 2013
A crowd of U.S. LGBT activists, holding signs outside the Hampden Federal Courthouse in Massachusetts, braved the early morning cold to support Uganda’s LGBTI community in the first case of its type on U.S. soil, where opening arguments commenced today in a motion for dismissal by anti-gay pastor Scott Lively. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Scott Lively argument set for next week as persecution of gays escalates in Uganda

Thursday, January 3, 2013
When Scott Lively, the founder of Christian Evangelical group Abiding Truth Ministries journeyed to Uganda to incite the persecution of gays, he had no idea that his mission would lead to a lawsuit by Ugandans, on U.S. soil, charging that he had committed crimes against humanity. [ Read more → ]

South Africa first to recognize gay flag as an official national symbol

Saturday, October 6, 2012
The South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as South Africa’s official gay flag (an adaptation of the international gay flag and the South African national flag). [ Read more → ]

Murder suspect arrested in brutal slaying of LGBT volunteer in South Africa

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A suspect has been arrested in the brutal murder of Thapelo Makuthle in Kuruman, near Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. [ Read more → ]

Police in Uganda raid workshop on gay rights, arrest LGBT activists

Monday, June 18, 2012
Police in Kampala, Uganda on Monday raided a gay rights meeting and arrested several LGBT activists gathered at the Essela Hotel in Najjeera, a Kampala suburb, accusing the participants of “propagating gay issues in Uganda.” [ Read more → ]

Memorial Day includes gay and lesbian Americans, while the law does not

Monday, May 28, 2012
While all Americans have a right to serve openly in the military, without regard to sexual orientation, thanks to the repeal of the ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ law, LGBT servicemembers still suffer rampant discrimination with regard to marriage equality, green card sponsorship of binational partners or spouses and a host of other missing benefits caused by lack of equality under the civil law of the U.S.A. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi gets no justice

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tyler Clementi was bullied to death and the Judge heard guilty 288 times, yet sentenced his convicted antagonist to 30 days, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 donation. While I do not doubt that Ravi was put through a measure of hell, knowing that he could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years and be the subject of deportation, I ask why this Judge even bothered to sentence him, at all. [ Read more → ]

South Africa’s constitutional review of its sexual orientation rights is shocking

Friday, May 4, 2012
Since the end of Apartheid and the inception of South Africa’s new constitution some twenty years ago, the country has been lauded for its lead on the entrenchment of anti-discrimination rights that renders it one of the few in the world to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in its Constitution. Gays and lesbians (LGBTI) enjoy full equality in South Africa. Notwithstanding this South Africa has never managed to escape the brutality of rampant homophobia which is underscored by the high incidence of so called “corrective” rape in its townships, the deployment of an anti-gay ambassador to homophobic Uganda, and its failure to lead the decriminalization of homosexuality in the rest of Africa. [ Read more → ]

Wise up, Dustin Lance Black!

Sunday, April 29, 2012
The moment I saw Dustin Lance Black’s headline in the Hollywood Reporter all my admiration came a-tumbling. While one cannot disregard the work of the screenwriter turned activist and its impetus on marriage equality, his latest critique of President Obama, and worse yet its luminous abode engorges like an unwelcome cloud on a sunny day. As an activist in the community, I want to clearly disassociate myself from the ominous loom of Black’s threatening blur... [ Read more → ]

Muslim lesbians fight deportation in Canada in fear of ‘honor killing’

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TORONTO -- An Arab-Israeli lesbian couple, who fled to Canada from Israel in fear of death at the hands of their Muslim family have been told they can remain in Canada for another chance at receiving asylum. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Ugandan gay rights group files lawsuit against U.S. evangelist Scott Lively

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Ugandan gay rights group on Wednesday filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts against notorious American evangelist, Scott Lively, accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda. [ Read more → ]
Jeff Wilfahrt

Father of gay soldier killed in Afghanistan campaigns for Minnesota legislature

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Jeff Wilfahrt is an unassuming man who has more than served his citizenry. He testified before the Minnesota state legislature against passing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as "between a man and a woman only," supported the repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell." and lost his son in an American war. [ Read more → ]

Historic Mr. Gay World billboard erected in central Johannesburg

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Excitement hit the gay community in South Africa on Monday, when the first ever gay billboard went up in Johannesburg in advance of the upcoming Mr. Gay World competition. [ Read more → ]
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